Records Regarding Jonathan Grose (United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General)

Jonathan Grose filed this request with the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General of the United States of America.
Tracking #

2020-IGFP-00591

Multi Request Records Regarding Jonathan Grose
Est. Completion None
Status
Fix Required

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From: Jonathan Grose


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

I would like to receive all records regarding myself, Jonathan F. Grose, that the US Postal Inspectors and/or the USPS has on me. I was contacted by postal inspectors in the mid 2000s and would like all records of those encounters, as well as any other information contained about me. I would also like to find out if I have a "mail cover" or surveillance of all the incoming mail coming into my address is being recorded or tracked by the US Postal Inspectors and/or the USPS.
This type of "mail cover" system or mail surveillance is described in these two articles.

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/us/monitoring-of-snail-mail.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/federal-eye/wp/2014/11/20/postal-service-almost-never-denies-mail-surveillance-requests/

My mailing address is Jonathan Grose 7309 Williamswood Dr. Dallas, TX 75252-6335

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Grose

From: United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General

Dear Mr. Grose:

Please find attached our final response to your FOIA request.

Sincerely,

USPS OIG FOIA Team

From: United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General

This responds to your fax dated September 16 requesting an update to your FOIA request 2020-IGFP-00591.

This office replied to your request via email on August 20. Attached is a copy of our reply.
Regards,

The USPS-OIG FOIA Team

From: Jonathan Grose

Hi,
It appears I missed the date to send in the notarized form. Could you resend it to me and I can have it notarized and have it sent back to you again?

Thanks,
Jonathan Grose

From: United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General

Mr. Grose:

The U.S. Postal Service comprises the Postal Service, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS); the Postal Rate Commission (PRC); and the OIG; each with its own area of responsibility and individual FOIA office. This response is on behalf of the OIG only.

The Postal Service Records Office establishes procedures to ensure Postal Service records management practices comply with both the FOIA and Privacy Act. The Records Office, along with the St Louis Requester Service Center, is the designated custodian for non-law enforcement Postal Service records; including but not limited to contracting and personnel records. Additional information regarding the Postal Service FOIA program can be found at https://about.usps.com/who-we-are/foia/welcome.htm.

The USPIS is the designated custodian for postal records relating to Postal Service law enforcement issues. The USPIS is a federal law enforcement entity charged with enforcing the Federal statutes involving mail fraud, illegal drugs, external mail theft, and other postal crimes, including revenue deficiencies, and are responsible for safety and security of all postal employees and facilities. Information on the USPIS is available on the Internet at: https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov.

The OIG is an independent agency, created in 1997, with oversight authority over audits and investigations of Postal and Inspection Service fraud, abuse, and misconduct. The OIG's mission is to prevent, detect, and report fraud, theft, and misconduct, and promote efficiency in the operation of the Postal Service.

While the OIG has "oversight authority" for activities of the above referenced entities, the OIG is a separate agency and does not have management authority over the daily operations of either the Postal Service or USPIS. In addition, the OIG FOIA office does not have access to records maintained by the Postal Service or UPSIS and cannot direct either FOIA office to release records under their control.

As stated in our August 20 reply to you, your FOIA request 2020-IGFP-00591 is closed. This office forwarded your request to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) for processing and direct reply to you. We recommend you contact them at FOIA@USPIS.gov<mailto:FOIA@USPIS.gov> for further assistance.

Sincerely,

The USPS-OIG FOIA Team

From: United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General

Dear Mr. Grose:

As we advised you in our original August 20 response to your request, and again on September 18, FOIA request 2020-IGFP-00591 is closed in this office. On August 20, because you requested records maintained by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) we referred your request to their FOIA office for processing and direct response to you. If you have questions regarding this referral, you will need to contact them directly. They can be reached via email at foia@uspis.gov<mailto:foia@uspis.gov>, or in writing at:

Inspection Service FOIA/PA Unit
475 L'Enfant Plaza, SW, Room 3301
Washington, DC 20260

The OIG FOIA office does not have access to records maintained by the UPSIS and cannot direct their FOIA office to release records under their control. Therefore, we cannot assist you with this matter.

Sincerely,

USPS OIG FOIA Team

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